Scotland is a land like no other and however you choose to spend your time – up in the Highlands, or down in the Lowlands, city or countryside – you are in for a real treat and a great time. With a population just shy of 6 million, it is pretty small compared to other countries, but what it lacks in numbers it certainly makes up for in character and wonderful experiences.
And if you ever happen to find yourself up in this amazing part of the world, you will never find yourself short of things to do. So here are ten amazing things that Scotland offers for your trip to the highlands.
If you’re visiting Scotland in August, then definitely go to the Edinburgh Fringe. Known as the world’s largest arts festival and with a mind-blowing array of things to see and watch, this is something you should put in your itinerary.
You will need to book well in advance to grab a hotel room as it can get a bit expensive, but it is a once in a lifetime experience and one which will not disappoint.
Spot the Monster
Who hasn’t heard of the illusive monster that is said to reside in the fresh water Loch of Ness? Nessie is a bit of a national treasure and there have been reported sighting over hundreds of years. Scientists, being the sticklers for hard evidence that they are, remain somewhat dubious, but don’t let them spoil your fun. Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in all of the United Kingdom and the views are spectacular all around, so even if you don’t spot Nessie, what you do see will take your breath away!
Visit the National Museum of Scotland
This museum will give you a diverse trip through the history of Scotland and so much more. From the dinosaurs through to the future, this museum is a real treat for those who have a thirst for knowledge. A truly world class collection and an easy way to get lost for a day, this collection of history cannot be missed!
Go to The Highland Games
Dating back almost 1,000 years, this is an experience that will live long in your memories should you be fortunate enough to visit Scotland at the right time. From the traditional heavy weight events such as tossing the caber and tug-o-war, to track and field, and old-style dance competitions, it’s so much fun whatever your taste in sports.
Glasgow is one of the most vibrant and interesting cities to visit in all of Europe. With a rich heritage of fishing and shipbuilding, this town has got a tough reputation, but dig a little deeper and you will find a warmth and vibrancy to the people and the place that is hard to find anywhere else.
Get Your Own Tartan
Of course, the Scots are famed for their tartan. This special design of cloth was originally designed to denote different clans and families. These days with computer technology at our fingertips, it is now possible to design your own tartan.
Hike the Highlands
Scotland is many things but one of the most Scottish things about Scotland is its stunning scenery. This is a truly breath-taking part of the world and well worth exploring on foot. From the stark, sharp peaks of the mountains to the seemingly endless azure blues of the many lochs scattered around the land, you will not be disappointed.
Go to an Old Firm Derby Match
Football is an integral part of the city of Glasgow. The two biggest and fiercest rivals in all the land are based here. The “Old Firm” derby matches are the stuff of legends in these parts and is one of the biggest club games in all of world football. This isn’t an experience for the faint of heart as it can get pretty rowdy, but it’s definitely not a fun 90 minutes you’ll be able to forget.
Catch a Train and See it All in Comfort
If you want to see the beauty of this majestic land but don’t want to get your feet damp and your face stung by the sometimes-fierce Scottish winds, then perhaps one of the many scenic train routes could be the answer for you. There are many different packages and routes out there and you are certain to find the right option for your trip.
When you visit Scotland, you are almost guaranteed to have a fantastic time in this varied and beautiful land. Whatever your taste in activities, there is a lot to choose from. And I hope that this little list has provided you with just a bit of inspiration for your future adventures.